Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more.
– Henry Ford
Certainly, Mister Ford knew what he was talking about; productivity is not about the raw output, it’s about the means of getting things done the best way possible, and the best way is the one that works for you.
Luckily, there isn’t a single narrow path to improving your productivity, rather a network of highways. Things that helped other people are just as likely to benefit you, and vice versa. They are certainly worth a shot.
Since experience and drive led us to the discovery of some neat tricks when using the Senstone voice assistant, we would like to share three major factors you might consider when plotting your course of action. And we’ve got quotes.
- Develop the habit.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
This might seem vague at first glance when you’re looking for productivity tips. Developing a habit to do what – record your thoughts? Isn’t that obvious? And yet. The most natural for people is to put curious ideas on a backburner to revisit later, and the ‘later’ often turns into ‘never’. As we can see, the instinctive response of a productive person is to capture any information that might come in handy, even if in one’s mind.
Why not store it reliably?
And here is the best part: according to multiple studies, as your brain catches on that you’re regularly making notes, it starts generating more and more ideas. Empirically, this is a well-known fact among inventors and authors who use it to their advantage; the difference is that now, with the advent of the speech-to-text technology, we don’t have to carry a bulky notebook or write on scraps on paper anymore.
Not only can you advance in your agenda, you will also become a more proficient note-taker by refining the style that fits your mind. Some people prefer thinking on their feet, some find themselves on their most productive when they drive a car or clean their apartment. There is no reason to deny yourself the efficiency.
Don’t conform to others’ habits; dictate your own rules (no pun intended).
- Keep track of how you’re keeping track.
If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.
– David Allen
So you’ve got Senstone, and you’re actively using it, and your productivity is skyrocketing, and entries start to pile up… Wait. This is where you make sure everything is where you want it to be.
First thing you should check for is basic precautions with your recorder and its software. Are you making full use of synchronization? Is your data synchronized across all the possible apps you own? The cloud takes care of storage, but what about access? Go for a ‘test run’. Try all options, check your devices. This should eliminate any unpleasant surprises which, although unlikely, might come up when you least expect them.
Next, occasionally reviewing your transcripts and audios is good for the long-term success. This might seem like a chore, but it shouldn’t be. Why?
- First, refreshing your memory helps you make decisions. Suppose you have a number of recordings from a meeting yesterday, and today you have to decide on a new strategy based on its results. Would it not be better to sit back and revisit that meeting as an observer this time?
- Second, brilliant ideas tend to attract company. Creators are familiar with the feeling; you mine old notes and memos for brilliant insights, sometimes no more than a sentence, and it unravels into something greater. Since Senstone offers you such a convenient set of tools, why not immerse yourself into your own inspiration? After all, all the things you’ve deemed important are worth your attention.
- Delegate and optimize.
If you really want to grow as an entrepreneur, you’ve got to learn to delegate.
– Richard Branson
Okay, give me a minute or ten to type up the… Uh. Where are my stickers?
Except it’s no longer necessary. You can search your notes and copy them however you wish. Recorded something you’d like to share with another person, be it your friend or your co-worker? Senstone gives you the unprecedented reach to do so.
If we had to put it differently, we’d say using Senstone every day is like delegating to a very good, very connected assistant. It is always available, nothing falls prey to translation along the way, and you have full control. It is screen free – which is a huge bonus to streamlining your work, since you can react fast and remain focused.
Talk about optimization: Senstone skips several middlemen, such as pen and paper/keyboard and ‘save’ buttons, and this is a huge improvement.
In conclusion, we’d like to reiterate: you do you. Senstone might give you the tool, but the most powerful asset is your resolve to work productively, and you are the only expert in the world who is qualified to run this particular project.